Monday, August 4, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Two-Tone Mod Hat!

This pattern from Lion Brand Yarns is oh so mod! Heads will turn on the slopes with this one!


SKILL LEVEL: Easy + (Level 3)
SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference About 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes.
Finished Height About 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm)

MATERIALS
• 860-100 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn:
White 1 Ball (A) • 860-153 Lion Brand
Vanna's Choice Yarn: Black 1 Ball (B)
•Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needle

GAUGE:
15 sts + 30 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every row).
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern
and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for
in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from
person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a
smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch
NOTES:
1. Hat is worked flat in Garter st (k every row) and intarsia colorwork, and then seamed. The
colorwork creates 6 sections of triangles.
2. Body of Hat is worked first, then sts are picked up along one long edge to work top of Hat.
3. When working in intarsia, use a separate ball of yarn for each section of color. Wind each
ball of yarn into 2 separate balls before beginning. When changing color, twist strands on WS
to prevent holes.

HAT
With A, cast on 26 sts.
Rows 1 and 2: With A, knit.
Row 3: *With A, k1; with B, k12; rep from * once more.
Row 4 and all WS Rows: Knit, working A sts with A and B sts with B.
Row 5: *With A, k2; with B, k11; rep from * once more.
Row 7: *With A, k3; with B, k10; rep from * once more.
Row 9: *With A, k4; with B, k9; rep from * once more.
Row 11: *With A, k5; with B, k8; rep from * once more.
Row 13: *With A, k6; with B, k7; rep from * once more.
Row 15: *With A, k7; with B, k6; rep from * once more.
Row 17: *With A, k8; with B, k5; rep from * once more.
Row 19: *With A, k9; with B, k4; rep from * once more.
Row 21: *With A, k10; with B, k3; rep from * once more.
Row 23: *With A, k11; with B, k2; rep from * once more.
Row 25: *With A, k12; with B, k1; rep from * once more.
Row 26: Knit, working A sts with A and B sts with B.
Rows 27-156: Rep Rows 1-26 five more times.
Bind off.
Top of Hat
Note: A total of 72 sts for top of Hat will be picked up along the side of Hat – half with A and half with B.
From RS, with A and working along one long side of Hat, pick up and k12 sts evenly spaced across the
edge of each of the first 3 color sections for a total of 36 sts; change to B, and pick up and k12 sts evenly
spaced across the edge of each of the remaining 3 color sections – 72 sts.
Row 2 and all WS Rows: Knit, working A sts with A and B sts with B.
Row 3 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k9, k3tog, k9, k3tog, k8, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k9, k3tog, k9,
k3tog, k8, k2tog – 60 sts.
Row 5 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k7, k3tog, k7, k3tog, k6, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k7, k3tog, k7,
k3tog, k6, k2tog – 48 sts.
Row 7 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k5, k3tog, k5, k3tog, k4, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k5, k3tog, k5,
k3tog, k4, k2tog – 36 sts.
Row 9 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k3, k3tog, k3, k3tog, k2, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k3, k3tog, k3,
k3tog, k2, k2tog – 24 sts.
Row 11 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k1, k3tog, k1, k3tog, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k1, k3tog, k1,
k3tog, k2tog – 12 sts.
Row 13 (Decrease Row): With A, (k2tog) 3 times; with B, (k2tog) 3 times – 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

FINISHING
Edging
From RS with B, pick up and k72 sts along lower edge of Hat, spaced in the same way as the 72 sts for the
top of the Hat.
Without working any rows, bind off.
Seam side edges together for back seam.
Weave in ends.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baby Layette

Any babies in your future?...yours, your sister's, your daughter's? The perfect gift for a new baby! This pattern from Fiesta Yarns is quick and easy!


MEASUREMENTS
Approximately 30" x 30"

MATERIALS
Yarn: Baby Boom (90% Extrafine Super Wash Merino
10% Nylon;4 oz./440 yds.) 2 skeins. Blanket shown i in the colorway Stargazer.
Needle: Size 4 (3.5 mm} needles

GAUGE
26 st x 32 rows= 4" square using size 4 needles

MATERIALS
Yarn: Baby Boom (90% Extrafine Super Wash Merino
10% Nylon;4 oz./440 yds.) 2 skeins.
Blanket shown in the colorway Stargazer.
Needle: Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
GAUGE
26 st x 32 rows= 4" square using size 4 needles


PATTERN STITCH
Pattern: 12 + 1(If you wish to increase size of blanke just adding 12 st will increase the size by 
approximately 2" without changing pattern)
Row 1:(rs) kl,*pl,k9, p2,kl,rep from*
Row 2:(ws} kl,pl,kl,*p7,(kl,pl)twice, kl,rep from *to last 10 sts, p7,kl,pl
Row 3:(kl,pl)2x's,*k5,(pl,kl)3x's,pl,rep from* to last 9 sts, k5,(pl,kl}2x's
Row 4:p2, *kl,pl,kl,p3,rep from  * to last 5 sts,kl, pl,kl,p2
Row 5:k3,*(pl,kl)3x's,pl,k5, rep from 8 to last 10 sts,(pl,kl}3x's,pl,k3
Row 6:p4, *(kl,pl) 2x's, kl,p7,rep from  *to last 9 sts (kl,pl)2x's, kl,p4
Row 7:k5,*pl,kl,pl,k9 rep from     * to last 8 sts, pl, kl,pl,k5
Row8: Rep row 6
Row 9:Rep row 5
Row 10: Rep row 4
Row 11:Rep row 3
Row 12:Rep row 2
Rep these 12 rows

BLANKET:
Cast on 157 sts
Rows 1- 9: seed st (kl,pl)rep across
Next 6 seed sts,next follow  pattern across next 145 sts,end 6 seed sts
Continuing in this way until piece measures 29" from co
Last 9 rows Rep rows 1-9 seed st. Bind off. 

FOR HOOD
CO 49 sts
Row 1:seed st
Row 2:seed st
Row 3:and all alt. rows dec 1st at beg of row,then continue seed st
Row 10:6 seed sts, follow pattern across
Row 11:dec 1st,foil pattern across to last 6 sts (seed st)
Repeat these 2 rows until 1st remains. Bind Off
Finish: Whip st triangle hood to corner of blanket.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ombre Cowl

This pattern from Freia Fibers really pops using their Ombre Sport Yarn! A quick and easy summer project! Ombre Sport yarn is hand dyed with long, rich color striations that do not repeat.
Choose from the 24 beautiful ombre shades.

Completed Cowl Measures: 6" x 41" circumference
You will need:
1 skein Freia Fibers Ombre Sport Yarn, shown in Melon Ombre
 Size US 6 circular 16" needles
 Finishing needle

Cast on 210 stitches, join in round being careful not to twist stitches. Place stitch marker.
Rounds 1-5 *Knit 5, purl 5. Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 6-10 *Purl 5, knit 5. Repeat from * to * around.
Repeat Rounds 1-10 another 6 times.

Bind off and weave in yarn ends. Block lightly.
Gauge: 22 sts to 4" in basket weave pattern

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Knitted Kitty Beret..Oui Oui!

Is your kitty lacking in the fashion world? Well, now your favorite feline can sport an oh-so tres chic chapeau! Don't deny the CAT! this wonderful pattern from Wildtomato rocks! (check her blog out at: spindleandspices.blogspot.com)  She says:"Don’t be surprised when your cat dons the beret and demands a cigarette and coffee for breakfast."

Materials
• 60 yards of DK yarn. I used Tahki Cotton Classic because the resulting fabric is floppy.
• 2 US size 7 circular needles, any length, OR size needed to achieve gauge. US size 7 DPNs may also be used instead of 2 circular needles
• 4 stitch markers
• Row counter
• Tapestry needle
Gauge
• 6.5 stitches = 1 inch on US size 7needles in stockinette stitch
Finished Measurements
• Finished hat circumference is roughly 12 inches. To adjust the hat’s circumference, increase or
decrease the cast on number of stitches by 6.

Directions
CO 60 sts onto one US size 7 circular needle (needle A). Slip 30 sts onto the
other US size 7 circular needle (needle B). Join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1-5: [ktbl, p1] until the end of round
Rnd 6: On needle A, k10, pm, k10, pm, k10
Repeat for needle B.
Rnd 7: On needle A, k1, M1L, k until 1 sts before marker, M1R, k1,
slip marker, k1, M1L, k until 1 sts before marker, M1R, k1, slip
marker, k1, M1L, k until 1 sts before end of needle, M1R, k1.
Repeat for needle B.
Rnd 8: k all sts
Rnd 9-18: Repeat Rnd 7 and 8. 132 sts total.
Rnd 19: k all sts
Rnd 20: On needle A, ssk, k until next marker, slip marker, ssk, knit
until next marker, slip marker, ssk, k to the end of needle.
Repeat for needle B.
Rnd 21-40: Repeat Rnd 20 until 6 sts remain.
Rnd 41-43: k all sts. Repeat this round 2 more times.
Rnd 44: k2tog 3 times. 3 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Finishing
Using the tapestry needle, thread yarn tail through the 3 remaining sts. Pull closed. Weave in ends.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scarf/ Shawl...You Choose!

This large knitted triangle scarf can be worn many ways in many climates...the pattern from www.auburnneedleworks.com will be your go to piece!



The samples were knit in:
(1) Black – Leinen Los (by Shoppel) 300 m – 100 g, which is 70% Virgin Wool and 30%
Linen – like a felted tape. The whole skein was used in the shawl.
(2) Mustard- a mix of Cascade 220 Fingering yarn (wool) in Yellow, with Classic Elite
Silky Alpaca Lace in Autumn Copper (70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk), the total used was
about 425 yds. of each held together and knit as one strand.
(3) Natural – Trekking Pro Natura by Zitron (75% Wool, 25% Bamboo) 100 gram ball –
approx. 450- yds. – fingering weight (size US 7, 24 “ circular needle for this one).
(4) Grey/Purple – Blue Heron Yarns, “Winter Sky” Heather yarn. 650 yards (40%
cotton, 40% rayon, 20% space dyed poly). This used approx 325 yards – so I made two
of the same by splitting the skein. (Yes, I liked it that much.)
With the exception of the shawl knit in Trekking Pro Natura - (natural sample
above) I used US size 10 ½, 24”, circular needles.

The trick is to use any yarn you like (from lace weight to DK) and then use a needle size at
least 2 sizes bigger than the one suggested.
The flow, like that in the ocean, is important here.
To keep the knitted object from going too “ loosey goosey”, the edges are created as a form of
I-cord – it holds the interior in place, but still allows for a flowing feel.
NOTE: You use as much yarn as you have or want – but the best effect requires at least 325 yards.

PATTERN: All rows end with three slipped stitches knit-wise. All increases are taken on the
Odd numbered rows - occurring right after the first stitch. Note – I have included placing a
marker on the beginning and end of the row so you can always remember where you are (and
as a subtle reminder that the next stitch will be either an increase or it is time to slip 3.)

Cast On 7 stitches (long tail style – you will use it later to weave in and finish
the point)
Set-up Row (Row 0): Knit 3 stitches, place marker, Knit 1 stitch, place maker (a
different colored one), slip 3 stitches with yarn in front.
Odd Rows: Knit 3, slip the marker, Knit1 front & back (the increase), knit to last
marker, slip the marker and then slip the last 3 stitches (do not knit) with the yarn in
front.
Even Rows: Knit all stitches to the last marker – slip the last 3 stitches with the yarn
in front.
Continue as above until you (are satisfied with the size or) have about 2 rows of yarn
left – cast off very loosely. The beginning cast on yarn can be woven in such a
fashion as to round off the point and make it match the last cast off stitch of the piece.
Tuck in ends, and sail to adventure (or the grocery store, whichever comes first).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Knitted Shawl With a Twist

It's all in the back detail of this shawl pattern from Fiesta Yarns!

MATERIALS
Yarn: Ballet (50% Superfine Alpaca/50% Tencel; 4 oz./250 yds.) 1 skein each of two colorways.
Colorways are Wild Oak (A) and River Bank (B).Needles: Size 7 (or size needed for gauge).

DIRECTIONS twist].
With color A CO 11 sts.
K1, P1 (seed stitch) across row ending with K1. Repeat this row until piece measures 10”, cut yarn and leave sts on needle. Make 4 more tabs like this. There should be 55 sts on needle now. K 5 rows. Continue in seed st. Dec 1 st at end of row every 4th row. Dec are best made 1 st in from edge. Continue until 3 sts are left and knit them all together. With color B c/o 11 sts - - then continue as for color A. Place the 2 pieces on flat surface with the straight edges on top and the tabs touching. Take the top 2 tabs (one of each color) and fold them over each other giving a half  twist to each side. Sew cast on edge of tab to top of the same color. Continue with the other 4 sets of tabs. [They can also be put together without the  twist].

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